Very enjoyable social ride around the perimeter of the Melbourne CBD. Great to meet some new faces and catch up with ES friends previously made.
I really liked the diversity of equipment and a chance to compare the various bike's characteristics in a group situation.
The Aprilia and Wheel chair drive setup were very interesting to see as I had only read about these previously. Ed's 408 equipped bike was nice a solid build and simply got the job done without fuss.
Full-throttle and Ben were both running light weight geared hub motors on around 48V. Both these bikes were quite minimalistic in the way they were setup which I really like. These geared hub motors are really hard to beat when it comes to the type of riding we were doing. Great range of speed, excellent efficiency, and together with their free wheel ability, still easy to pedal as a normal bike.
And finally the two friction drives. We might have had the most stealthy setups but there was no hiding when under power
. Very pleased with how the friction drives stacked up against the other bikes in the group. I found I was a bit slower in getting away off the mark. Also negotiating some of the bridges and switchbacks meant that pedal power only could be used. However, on the open flowing paths, the little friction drives really came into their own with plenty of speed and efficiency on tap.
My economy wasn't quite as good as Adrian with me using 360 w/hrs for a total of 55km. I think I did a bit less pedalling though.
Thanks Sam for organising the day. Had a great time and look forward to doing it again in the near future.